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New England Dance Festival

The New England Dance Festival is a showcase of dance for NSW public schools across the New England area of NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12. 

The festival highlights and celebrates the skills and creativity of students and teachers as they explore the art of dance. Students gain valuable experience performing in a professional venue. 

The operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

2021 dates

Expressions of interest to participate in the New England Dance Festival 2021 are now open.  EOIs should be completed by the coordinating teacher.

Expressions of interest close Friday 30 April 2021
(Term 2 Week 2). 


Auditions for 2021 will be via video. Email your audition video link to di.c.hall@det.nsw.edu.au.

Audition videos must be submitted by
Friday 25 June 2021 (Term 2 Week 10).  

Festival dates

Monday 13 September to Friday 17 September 2021 (Term 3 Week 10).


Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre
Greg Norman Drive
Hillvue NSW 2340

General information

  • Groups to consist of a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 35 students
  • Dance is not to exceed 4 minutes

Video audition requirements

  • A seperate video must be submit for each item
  • 1 student must be in costume
  • Item should be complete at time of audition video.

Tips for audition video

  • Recording from a phone or tablet mounted on a tripod is sufficient quality for the audition video.
  • Record the performance in one continuous take from a wide angle to ensure all performers are seen.  Do not zoom in and out.
  • Spend time rehearsing, recording and reviewing your audition video
  • Where possible, minimise external light sources by covering windows to avoid interference with visual contast.

Tips for uploading to YouTube

  1. Visit www.youtube.com and create an account or sign in.
  2. Select upload.
  3. Follow the instructions onscreen to upload your video.
  4. Once uploaded, on privacy settings select unlisted (anyone with this link can view) and save changes. This is important because it means the general public cannot view the link.
  5.  When complete, your video will have a URL. 
  6. Send email to di.c.hall@det.nsw.edu.au
    with your URL link.


$66 (including GST) per item selected in the festival.


Robyn Inglis - Coordinator
Email: robyn.inglis@det.nsw.edu.au

Di Hall - Arts Coordination Officer
Email: di.c.hall@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0439 472 448